Second meeting: Histories of female same-sex sexualities

The second meeting of the reading group is taking place on Wednesday 26 May. We are discussing a couple of texts on the histories of female same-sex sexualities:

  • Linda Garber, ‘Where in the World are the Lesbians?’, Journal of the History of Sexuality, 14. 1/2, (2005): 28-50.
  • Tamara Chaplin, ‘Lesbians Online: Queer Identity and Community Formation on the French Minitel’, Journal of the History of Sexuality, 23. 3 (2014): 451-472.

Looking forward to further discussing with you!


First meeting: shifting approaches to the histories of sexuality

The first meeting of the reading group took place on Monday, 12 April. We discussed a couple of readings pertaining to shifting approaches to the histories of sexuality. These readings were:

  1. D. Herzog, ‘Syncopated Sex: Transforming European Sexual Cultures’, The American Historical Review, Volume 114, Issue 5, December 2009, pp. 1287–1308.
  2. R. Parker, ‘Sexuality, culture and society: shifting paradigms in sexuality research’, Culture, Health & Sexuality, April 2009, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp. 251-266.

Ros Parr chaired the meeting. Nikos Papadogiannis introduced the first article, whereas Lucy Hellawell the second. Each introductory talk was followed by a discussion. We have also dedicated some time at the end of the meeting to exchange views on the aims and the purpose of the group. Many thanks to everyone who took part in this session!

Mission statement

Mission statement (12/03/2021)

The Histories of Sexuality Reading Group (HSRG) is interested in the manifold ways sexuality has shaped the past. Open to staff and students of all levels, including those with no prior exposure to histories of sexuality, our aim is to create an inclusive space for discussing established work and new interventions in field. We explore marginalised histories and reflect on asymmetries of power, such as those framed by gender, class, race, sexual orientation, disability, and age. We are global in outlook and not restricted to any particular timeframe. HSRG thus seeks to foster conversations that range widely across time and space and incorporate diverse perspectives.


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